Raising awareness of energy and sustainability in heritage conservation

by Australia ICOMOS National Scientific Committee on Heritage & Sustainability

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We aim to raise awareness of energy and sustainability in heritage through events, activities and contact with education institutions, and creating networks for those interested to develop knowledge in this field.

Project implemented: ongoing

Project goal

NSCES, the Australia ICOMOS National Scientific Committee for Energy and Sustainability promotes the application of sustainability and energy efficiency to the environment, not just to buildings (new, existing or heritage-listed). 

delivering on

why is this project important?

Our project is important to Australia in that it seeks to utilize the resource that is the existing built environment, reducing construction waste and promoting the use of passive and low energy solutions.

Key steps to make it happen

1Toolkit

An Energy and Sustainability Tool kit has been added to the Australia ICOMOS
Heritage Toolkit

2Promoting best practice

We have prepared a bibliography of energy and sustainability journals, books, courses, guide notes, podcasts, & theses

Increased awareness that the greenest building is the building that you already have. https://australia.icomos.org/resources/australia-icomos-heritage-toolkit/energy-sustainability/

Energy, conservation and sustainability are being embraced at a rapid rate in the building industry. Promoted as essential operational and performance-based requirements, their application is currently limited to a narrow field of new buildings. Greater recognition needs to be given to the energy conservation and sustainability benefits of existing buildings such as heritage listed buildings, through the inherent contribution of retained building fabric (embodied energy) and also by sensitively retrofitting historic and heritage buildings and places.

NSCES, the Australia ICOMOS National Scientific Committee for Energy and Sustainability has been established to promote of sustainability and energy efficiency and its wide application to the built environment.  A similar committee has been established at an international level.  These committees seek to implement SDG Goal 11.4 and strengthen efforts to protect and safeguard the world’s cultural and natural heritage.

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